Brain Research

Big Think: Your stress likely changes the brains of those around you

The damaging effects of stress are well-known. When confronted with a physical or psychological challenge, your autonomic nervous system and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis respond. When overloaded, your parasympathetic nervous system might be triggered, causing a fight-flight-freeze response. (March 20, 2018) Read the full article here

Entrepreneur: 10 crazy effects music has on your brain

If you’re trying to get into the zone while you work, sometimes donning a pair of headphones and pumping your favorite songs is the key to getting things done. You might put on a playlist designed for focus, or you might turn up the volume on your favorite repetitive, instrumental jam and begin cranking away. […]

Medical News Today: Targeting these brain cells may aid weight loss

A new study in mice investigating a brain region that controls the animals’ impulses to “feed or flee” may have implications for obesity and anxiety in humans, according to its authors. We know that both too much and too little food can be bad for us. Too little? Stunted growth. Too much? Obesity. The latter […]

National Geographic: Why the brain-body connection is more important than we think

The idea that our brains are like giant supercomputers, orchestrating and determining everything we do, has gained ground in recent years. So too have ideas that a short time ago would have been regarded as science fiction, like downloading the Internet directly to our brains, or creating a new kind of human, one with enhanced […]

News-Medical: Atrial fibrillation patients could reduce risk of dementia by taking stroke prevention drugs

Patients with atrial fibrillation could reduce the risk of dementia by taking stroke prevention medications, according to recommendations published online today in EP Europace, a European Society of Cardiology journal, and presented at EHRA 2018. The international consensus document was also published in HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), and Journal […]

BBC News: Stem cell transplant ‘game changer’ for MS patients

Doctors say a stem cell transplant could be a “game changer” for many patients with multiple sclerosis. Results from an international trial show that it was able to stop the disease and improve symptoms. It involves wiping out a patient’s immune system using cancer drugs and then rebooting it with a stem cell transplant. (March […]

Harvard Health: Staving off dementia when you have mild cognitive impairment

Will I get dementia? That common question takes on urgency if you have mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a slight but noticeable change in memory and thinking skills. But the progression from MCI to dementia is not automatic. In fact, MCI is not always permanent. “It depends on the underlying cause,” says Dr. Joel Salinas, a […]

Longevity: Depression: 5 ways to combat and change your mood

With as many as one in six South Africans suffering from anxiety, depression or substance abuse (excluding more serious conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia), Dr Renata Schoeman, member of the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) says now, this very minute, is the time for everyone to take stock of their unhealthy lifestyle […]

Psychology Today: New research show that babies think logically

A new study (link is external) just published in Science reveals that babies as young as twelve months old are actually capable of syllogistic reasoning. Cesana-Arlotti et al. conducted a series of experiments to investigate the logical processes behind preverbal infants’ continuous efforts to understand how the world around them works. (March 16, 2018) Read […]